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      Some state offices may close on May 21

      If the state budget isn TMt passed soon, Onondaga County residents might have one fewer day each week to get their business done at the DMV.

      According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV offices in Onondaga County and others around the state will be closed on Friday, May 21 as part of the state TMs emergency appropriations legislation. That legislation calls for a one day furlough for unionized state employees during the week of May 17.

      According to the DMV, offices will be closed in the following counties: Albany, Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Onondaga, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Queens and Westchester.

      It is important to note that this announcement was made before a federal judge issued an order Wednesday afternoon blocking Gov. Paterson's plan to furlough approximately 100,000 state employees one day per week. A spokesman for the DMV says that if the furlough plan is in place on May 21, then the DMVs will be closed. If the injunction still stands, then the DMVs will remain open for business.

      When discussing our options under this requirement, we determined that the best way to minimize the impact on both our employees and our customers was to cease most State DMV office operations for one day, said DMV Commissioner David Swarts in a prepared statement to the media.

      The DMV says that customers who have scheduled driving tests on May 21 will be notified about rescheduling their tests, and DMV hearings will be held as scheduled unless the participants and witnesses are otherwise notified. Customers with junk and salvage exams scheduled for the 21st will be contacted for new appointment dates.

      In 51 of the state TMs 62 counties, the county clerk acts as an agent of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to operate one or more county motor vehicle offices. The DMV says county-run offices are not affected by the furlough and will be open to provide some DMV services to state motorists.

      The DMV says that many transactions can be conducted on the DMV website, including registration renewals, duplicate titles, duplicate licenses and Traffic Violations Bureau tickets. A complete list of available services is listed on the DMV Web site at These internet services will remain available to New Yorkers on the May 21 furlough day.

      On a related note, the State Department of Taxation and Finance has also announced that the department's call center will be closed on May 21 during a one-day furlough for unionized state employees, and that taxpayers will be able to use the department's website to transact business on that day.

      Since the call center will be closed on that day, those taxpayers who need to pay a bill or look up information regarding their income tax refund status should use the department's website at, or the automated telephone system.

      While the furlough will impact some services provided to the public, the tax department says it determined that a single furlough day would be the least disruptive to taxpayers seeking services through our call centers. The tax department says it chose May 21 because it receives the lowest volume of incoming calls on Fridays and there are no major tax filing deadlines scheduled for that date.

      A third state office, the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs' Counseling, will also be closed on May 21 due to the mandatory furlough of assigned employees.

      In order to minimize planned disruption of services, the division will be contacting any client scheduled for an appointment on May 21st to offer an alternate scheduled date. The New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs will return to normal operating hours on Monday, May 24.

      If you are a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran and you have any questions about an appointment scheduled for May 21st, you are asked to contact your local State Veteran Counseling office. If you have any further questions you are encouraged to call 1-888-838-7697 or visit their website at

      Again, these closures are depending on the resolution of court litigation regarding the governor's furlough proposals.